The craft is called Handknotted Oriental Rug Work.

The knot is called the double tie Ghiordes knot.

Dorna Stone, October program presenter, is originally from Maine where she  learned this craft from her Mother who had a needlework school in their farm house called Gentian Meadows School of Needlework and Rug Making.  She has been making hand knotted rugs for forty years.  When she moved here to Seattle in the 70’s she started teaching through the Experimental College at the University of WA as a way to meet folks and “spread the word”.  Dorna says, “I have entered my rugs into the WA State Fair and won many blue ribbons as well as ‘best of show’, and also into the Evergreen State Fair.  I also received awards from the PNNAG annual Fiber Show in 2009.  After my Mother passed away I transported the rug business to my home in Seattle and managed the supplies and teaching from there.  “Have Needle Will Travel” was my motto and I have taught where ever a group would organize a class and invite me to do so.  I also taught through community centers, needle arts groups like PNNAG, private organizations and folks.  The most recent being in Bellingham where I currently live.  I have demonstrated at nearly every fair and festival in and around Seattle.”

She wrote an article about her  Mother and the rug work which was published in Fiber One magazine in 1997.

As far as materials are concerned I still have a fair supply of the duraback cotton, but you could contact folks who sell hooking supplies such as Rug Art Supplies in Oregon.  Hookers should be able to tell you where they get there stuff.  They do use it, but not as much as monks cloth.  The needle # is 18.  JCA is a whole saler.  If you type in Paternayan Persian Wool you should come up with many options to buy.  Lots of the shops are on the east coast.  Acorn Street Yarns in Seattle sells it by strand and hanks.  They are quite expensive.  I sell it by the 4 oz and 2 oz hanks.  Brown Sheep is a yarn supplier that sells persian wool.  I don’t like the twists per inch they use.  It makes the yarn thicker, but it can be used and the 3 ply split to 2 ply.  I think Northwest Yarns here in B-ham might sell it.  Also the Fiber Gallery in Seattle was selling it.